Originally Posted by kriscain
This seems to be something Cubase isnt quite great at.
You have more learning to do, then. Cubase has always done this, since Atari days.
You can change the default behaviour of tracks by going to file/preferences/editing
and selecting "musical" in the "default track time type" dropdown.
You will also see a little icon like a clock in the inspector for the track. Click on this and it will change to a crotchet, indicating that the track is in musical mode.